Money and Ethics


With instability in the industry, it seems that some journalists are preparing to work in the model of lobbyists in order to finance their profession, and may be better termed as “infotainers”. One article discuses the involvement of a Motor Trend journalist who is also being paid by companies Formula PR and Phillips 66 in order to write pitches disguised as articles and opinion pieces on the benefits of oil and gas using cars. The spokesperson from Formula PR negated the breach of ethics,

“This has nothing to do with her work with Motor Trend. This has to do with additives and Philips 66, it’s about fuel and the additives and our campaign is about Jessi sharing these interesting millennial fuel purchasing behaviors.”

From the article it seems that there has long been a questionable tie between car magazines and the auto industry.



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